With select brands of popular Japanese potato chips vanishing from store shelves, folks are hoping to cash in.
As Kotaku reported last week, panic buying began at some stores after snack makers said they were either suspending or ending potato chip production due to domestic spud shortages.
— りなちょん (@rinaomiEG) April 17, 2017
— せかひた@うめ展〜うめ展新潟展 (@sekahita) April 17, 2017
This isn't happening at every store (some are still fully stocked!), but it certainly is happening at a lot of them. Moreover, not all brands are effected and thus, those chips remain widely available.
— なりた（低浮上・高密度） (@nrttt1018) April 17, 2017
The ones that are impacted -- such as Pizza Potato, which won't be produced anymore -- are seeing a spike in online resale.
Many of these are bundles or boxes of bags. Keep in mind that a bag of Pizza Potato is usually around 130 yen (US$1.20), but can go for more or even as low as 100 yen. (In the above image, however, the price tag says 161 yen for a bag, which seems rather high for retail.)
— いわけん (@Crimean10) April 10, 2017
— あゆさん (@ayu_san02) April 17, 2017
— あさひ (@5Y0D6Qn1mGa5ww8) April 16, 2017
— 吉良青劉 (@redcrab_library) April 13, 2017
— Hosotani (@trip10420) April 12, 2017
— ヤマザキビスケット (@sabiretanouson) April 17, 2017
メルカリでピザポテトめっちゃ出品されてるw 1袋300円てw pic.twitter.com/I7GKrvbdGg
— 魁斗 (@ppliFN5WjRfNyF5) April 17, 2017
On Sunday in Tokyo's Akihabara, one rather suspicious looking man was spotted selling Pizza Potato for 800 yen a bag, which is about six times it's original price.
— おるふぁん (@Al_Fun4) April 16, 2017
Calbee's Big Bag Lightly Salted, production of which is being suspended, was also being sold at a significantly marked up price.
Retailers appear to be combating hoarders and resellers with signs that read, "Limit one bag per customer."
— ぴぴぴよう (@spinfever0123) April 17, 2017
— 酢醤油⚾︎???連覇ァ??? (@Cli9Eed) April 17, 2017
And yet, there are still sell outs.
— Daichi (@kirizakieizi9) April 17, 2017